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Japanese Word for "Love"

The Japanese word for love is ai. The way to say "I love you" in Japanese is pronounced "aishiteru". Phonetically, you say it "ah-ee-shee-tay-roo", but pronounce it fairly quickly.

Here is the kanji for ai alone:

The Japanese kanji for love--ai

Here is the whole phrase aishiteru, with the kanji:

The Japanese kanji for love--aiHiragana, pronounced shiHiragana, pronounced teHiragana, pronounced ru

Finally, below is the hiragana writing of the Japanese way to say "I love you":

Hiragana for a, pronounced ahHiragana for i, pronounced eeHiragana, pronounced shiHiragana, pronounced teHiragana, pronounced ru

Generally, the Japanese don't express love too openly. Though aishiteru is the literal Japanese way to say "I love you" the way we do in English, the Japanese often use other ways to express love. A common example of this is to say "daisuki desu", which literally means "I like [you] a lot".

Click here to check out how to say and write more Japanese words


Did you know...
Despite the famous Japanese emphasis on politeness, rude or childish comments made by severely drunk people (usually stressed-out businessmen) are almost always excused and are quite expected.


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